BOTH ARE IMPORTANT FOR YOUR HEALTH


Grass-fed meat has less fat and more nutrients. But if grass-fed meat isn't also organic, the cattle could be given antibiotics and other harmful medications, they could be sprayed with harmful chemicals for fly and parasite control, petroleum-based fertilizers could be used on their pastures and the soil their hay is raised on. 

On the other hand, organic meat is free of these poisons, but it can be from grain fed cattle, so it doesn't have the benefits of grass-fed meat.

All of our meat is totally grass-fed - no grain, ever. It is also certified organic under USDA organic standards, which require that no harmful substances are used on the cattle or our land as well as that the cattle are humanely treated and that we conserve and protect the soil and water.

We raise our cattle as grass-fed and organic because it is healthier for them, for people who eat the meat, and for the earth.
 

 

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An All Grass Diet Makes Beef Healthier

Grass fed beef is tender and juicy with more real beef flavor than grain-fed meat. But flavor is just one of the advantages.

Grass fed beef has less total fat and more 'good' fats. Estimates are that a six-ounce steak has up to 100 fewer calories if it is from grass fed cattle rather than those raised in feed lots.

Grass fed meat also has two to four times more Omega-3 essential fatty acid (the heart-healthy fat in cold-water fish). Plus it’s the richest known source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a fat that is a potent cancer fighter, as well as more Vitamin E and Beta-Carotene. It is much less likely to be contaminated with the antibiotic-resistant e-coli strains that are often found in beef from feed lots.

There are more benefits besides those for people eating the meat. Grass fed cows are healthier; their bodies aren’t designed to digest grain. It’s also better for the earth. Grass fed beef doesn’t require the energy needed to plant, harvest, process and transport grain. They keep the soil fertile without synthetic fertilizers. They can also use rocky, hilly land that is difficult to use for food production – so less land needs to be cleared of trees to raise grain mostly used for animal feed.

And That's Not All...
For more about the benefits of grass-fed meat, see www.eatwild.com. 

 

Organic Cattle: Toxin-Free, Low StresS 

The USDA has established hundreds of regulations that must be met for meat to be certified organic; on-site inspections and monitoring enforce them. These standards ensure that: 

  • Cattle are always treated humanely, in pastures as much as possible and always have access to fresh air and exercise. 
  • Their health comes from high-quality pasture and low stress, not medication. They can’t be given growth hormones, antibiotics, and all other harmful medications 
  • The health of the soil is protected – it must be fertilized with natural substances.  No synthetic fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides or similar toxins can be used on the fields, in the barns, or anywhere around the cattle
  • Farming practices keep the land naturally fertile, control erosion of the soil and protect the water supply.

Buy Local - And Know What You're Buying

If a local farm says the meat they're selling is pastured-raised and all natural, it could mean that it is totally grass-fed, with no harmful medications or chemicals used. Many small farmers who raise grass-fed meat may not be certified organic but in all important respects manage their farms organically, treat their animals humanely, and use no dangerous chemicals, medications, fertilizers or other harmful substances on their cattle, fields or barns. 

If they're local farmers, you can talk to them directly. Ask questions. Many will invite you to visit the farm and see how they raise their animals. You can find out what you're buying because the farmer and the farm is local - not thousands of miles away.


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